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Introducing WSOE Executive Staff 2017

WSOE 89.3, run for and by students, is back for another semester here on Elon University’s campus. Our new executive staff is ready to make this WSOE’s best semester yet. 2017 is a brand new year of music, festivals, and more; we cannot wait to see what WSOE has in store.

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Best Albums of December 2016 and January 2017

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“Apocalipstick” is the second LP of rock power trio Cherry Glazerr, fronted by Clementine Creevy-a true rocker in her own right at age 19. The album serves as the more musically and lyrically audacious foil to the band’s first LP, “Haxel Princess,” which had a heavy artistic focus on the nuances of teenhood. The higher level of artistic sophistication is immediately evident upon hearing the first notes of the album’s opening track, “Told You I’d Be With the Guys.” The song’s hallmark gritty, addictive guitar hook can’t help but linger in the minds of listeners long after it has reached its conclusion. Worthy of mention is the lyrically masterful “Nuclear Bomb,” a track that can’t help but truly make the listeners feel. The nexus between the music and the lyrics generates nothing short of the ultimate auditory experience.

Over email, Creevy revealed that to her, the most rewarding aspect of creating “Apocalipstick” is Cherry Glazerr’s dedication to their craft: “I’m proud of all the energy and heart we put into making music together. Always will be.” The band’s devotion to and love for the creative process has been a constant throughout their career and is completely palpable to the listener in each and every song. Whether Cherry Glazerr be singing about Power Puff Girls and pizza (as in Haxel Princess’ “Bloody Bandaid”) or the importance of female unity (“Told You I’d Be With the Guys”), Cherry Glazerr is a band that gives it their all, and that was again wholeheartedly evident with “Apocalipstick.” – Lindsay Teske

Recommended if you like: Bleached, The Pink Slips, The Growlers

Listen to: “Nuclear Bomb”

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Best of 2016 • Honorable Mentions

Best of...2016 was an amazing year in music. Choosing our favorite 20 albums was hard! Here is our ongoing list of honorable mentions for 2016.

2016 Honorable Mention

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Nigel Chapman teamed up with a band in 2016 to produce his second studio album. “Thought Rock Fish Scale.” Still reminiscent of Lou Reed vocally, he shows hints of influence from Reed’s “Transformer” on the new record through 70’s pop-reminiscent melodies and intriguing lyrics. Thought Rock Fish Scale is easy listening, philosophical and catchy. The album itself seems like it passes fast when listening to it’s 8 tracks, however there is much detail to be heard and is easy to listen to a second time. – Jake Keisler

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Best Albums of November 2016

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I was initially off-put by the idea of a final album from A Tribe Called Quest as it seemed like a capitalization off of the death of Phife Dawg, but I warmed to the idea when it was revealed that the bulk of the album was recorded before he passed.  To my surprise, this album essentially picks up from where “Midnight Marauders” left off and the group has such a greater level of cohesion than they did on “Beats, Rhymes and Life” and “The Love Movement.” Tribe is able to sound classic and contemporary at the same time in both their lyrics and production. This is the best Tribe has ever been able to incorporate features in an album.  Rappers like Consequence and Busta Rhymes showcase Tribe’s roots and the inclusion of current heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar further lace together the old and the new. The title of the album and the themes of songs like “Dis Generation” make this album feel like a bookend to their generation of hip-hop as they pass the torch to the next generation. It’s rare for a sendoff to be this well done and touching.  Do not dismiss this album like I originally did as it is not only fantastic from a musical perspective but also culturally important. – Thomas Coogan

Recommended if you like: De La Soul, Pharcyde, Gang Starr

Listen to: “We the People….”

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Best Albums of October 2016

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“Ruminations” is the seventh solo album from Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and Desaparecidos fame. The album finds Oberst at his most vulnerable and visceral in quite some time. Recorded in his home over the course of 48 hours with just a piano, harmonica, and an acoustic guitar, intimateness really shines through. The sparse style resonates a stark loneliness. You can feel the trauma that Oberst has gone through in the past couple of years in his voice and in his reflection. The most frequent comparison made is to that of Springsteen’s “Nebraska” and if you are an avid listener of similar bare-bones folk music then this album should not pass you up. – Thomas Coogan

Recommended if you like: Bright Eyes, Bob Dylan, The Tallest Man on Earth

Listen to: “Tachycardia

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Best Albums of September 2016

Best of September

 

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“My Woman” sees Angel Olsen return with an even more emboldened sound than before. Whereas her last album “Burn Your Fire For No Witness” hypnotizes and entrances the listener, “My Woman” wakes them up and invigorates. This is partly because of cleaner production but also due to how emotive Olsen is, even without the lyrical weight backing each song. Her fiery and attitude filled vocal delivery on “Shut Up Kiss Me,” the solemn piano on the closer “Pops” and the climatic build on “Sister” all exude unadulterated feelings.

The album might have benefitted from a slightly varied track order. The in your face energy was featured heavily on the first half where the second half had the more elongated and somber cuts. Having these more interlaced throughout the whole album would have improved the flow for me personally, but the clear emotional divide is interesting from a thematic angle. Although I think the progression of the album could have been improved that does not take away the strength of each of the songs on the album, which are some of the finest of the year. – Thomas Coogan

Recommended if you like: Sharon Van Etten, Cass McCombs, Fiona Apple

Listen to: “Sister”

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12 Acts You Can’t Miss at Hopscotch 2016

By Thomas Coogan

Thursday, September 8th

Wolf Parade – 8:15 @ City Plaza

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Fresh off of their five-year hiatus, Wolf Parade are back and headlining the first night of Hopscotch Music Festival. Their latest offering, the short and sweet “EP 4,” showcased a rejuvenation of the band. Their current festival tour, including dates at FYF and Mindpoint, will bring a great offering of classic songs alongside their promising new material.

Listen to: “You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son”

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Festival Review: Primavera Sound 2016

 

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Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival is perhaps the most critically acclaimed contemporary music festival.  Celebrating its 16th consecutive year, Primavera Sound hosted what many believe to be the best lineup of the year.  The reunited LCD Soundsystem headlined Thursday night, Radiohead headlined Friday and PJ Harvey and Sigur Rós co-headlined Saturday.  The diversity of the lineup was immense as you had hip-hop with Vince Staples and Jay Rock, electronic with Air and Animal Collective and once in a lifetime shows like John Carpenter performing his movie themes and Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds.  To say I was excited is an unbelievable understatement.  I went into the Parc del Forum with my expectations soaring and I stumbled home in the early hours of Sunday morning having been blown away at every turn. Here’s a rundown of all the acts I saw.

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Festival Review: Moogfest 2016

By Thomas Coogan and Mack White

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Durham hosted Moogfest for the first time, as all previous installments of the festival were held in Asheville to honor electronic pioneer Bob Moog. Despite the new location, Moogfest delivered in bringing the best in electronics, pop, hip-hop, and so much more in-between. Here’s a breakdown of the artists we saw:

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